## Course Syllabus

**Course Handouts**

Course Syllabus PDF

Class Information

Class Information

**Instructor:**Prof. Stephanie Blanda

**Class Meeting:**Section 01 – MTWF 8:00 – 9:05 am in HC M213

Section 02 – MTWF 2:15 – 3:20 pm in Zurn 213

**Office:**Old Main 400 (Tower)

**Office Phone:**(814) 824-2233

**Office Hours:**

**Mon:**

**12:00 – 12:30pm (in the Advanced Lab) and 1:00 – 2:00pm**

**Tue:****10:00am – 12:00pm**

**Wed:****9:15 – 10:15am and 12:00 – 12:30pm (in the Advanced Lab)**

**Fri:****9:15 – 10:15am and 1:00 – 2:00 pm**

Please note that the office (half) hours listed in green are held in the Advanced Lab instead of my office.

**Email:**

**sblanda002@gmail.com**

**Website:**

**http://sblanda.weebly.com/calculus-i-math-170.html**

**Text:***Calculus Early Transcendentals 10thED*, by Anton, Bivens, Davis;**Course Description**

This first semester of calculus concentrates on the fundamentals of the derivative and its applications; tangent lines to curves; optimization problems; velocity and acceleration. There is also an introduction to integration with applications to geometry and physics.

**Learning Objectives**

There are two sets of learning objectives for this course. The first involves mastering the mathematical content (i.e. the "nuts and bolts") of differential and beginning integral calculus. On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

- understand the concept of a limit from intuitive, graphical, and computational perspectives;

- have an intuitive understanding of a limit and be able to back up that understanding with graphical and computational perspectives;
- understand the definition of a derivative and the relationship between the various interpretations of it;
- understand conceptual relationships between derivatives, rates of change, and tangent lines;
- compute derivatives of functions using the definition of the derivative and then using the techniques and properties derived from the definition;
- know how to apply the derivative in problems involving optimization, curve sketching, and approximations;
- possess the capability to read a theorem in a calculus text, check the hypotheses in a particular situation, and draw appropriate conclusions.

The second set of goals involves broader issues of learning, such as:

- develop a sense for modeling physical situations in order to solve problems (Mathematics is the art of explanation);

- develop an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics, along with the problem solving skills that will be beneficial regardless of major;
- improve study habits necessary for continued success in your subsequent science and mathematics courses;
- improve algebra skills, thus the ability to express mathematical thoughts;
- clearly communicate mathematical ideas;
- engage in life-long learning.

**Homework**

When we finish a section in the book, you should immediately begin working on the homework problems listed here.

This "homework" will not be collected - it is designed to give you practice with the material we cover in class. Just as an athlete or musician must practice in order to improve, you as a math student must go through the repetition of homework problems in order to learn. Working through these problems will help you build up your math "strength" and is the key to your success in this class. You should plan to spend a significant amount of time on the homework. Expect to spend 2-3 hours working outside of class for every 1 hour of class instruction. Using this rule of thumb, you will likely be spending 8-12 hours per week studying the material outside our class meetings.

**Make sure you keep up to date with the homework and ask questions if you are having trouble.**

*Do not ignore a problem that you are struggling with. If you are having trouble with a topic, please come talk to me during office hours, ask questions in class, seek help from a classmate, or go to the department tutors for assistance. Don't wait until after the exam/the end of the semester when nothing can be done. You are expected to try to work on all problems on your own first - when coming to office hours, be prepared to show me what you've already tried.*

**Quizzes**

Homework quizzes will be given according to the attached schedule, generally every Tuesday and Friday. These will be short quizzes and will be largely based on the suggested homework.

**There are no make ups for the quizzes**, however the lowest two quiz grades will be dropped. Athletes or other individuals missing for school activities are to let me

**before**missing a quiz. You

**may not**use calculators, notes, electronic devices, the textbook, or any other materials when taking quizzes.

Quiz grades will not be based strictly on whether or not you found the correct answer. Your work must also be written clearly (and with proper notation) to receive full credit.

**Midterm Exams**

We will have three in class exams on the dates given below. You will be given an exact list of topics, along with a review sheet, approximately one week before each exam. You

**may not**use calculators, notes, electronic devices, the textbook, or any other materials when taking exams.

Your lowest exam grade will be replaced by your final exam grade (if your final exam grade is the higher of the two). There are

**no make up exams**. The grade for a missed exam will be replaced by your final exam grade. A second missed exam will receive a grade of 0, so please check your schedules carefully and ensure that you can attend all exams.

Exam Dates:

Wednesday, September 23rd

Friday, October 23rd

Wednesday, November 18th

Friday, October 23rd

Wednesday, November 18th

**Final Exam**

The final exam will be

**cumulative**and is scheduled for:

Wednesday, December 9, 8:00 – 10:00 am for

Friday, December 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm for

**Section 1**(Class held MTWF 8:00-9:05am)Friday, December 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm for

**Section 2**(Class held MTWF 2:15-3:20pm)**Final Grades**

Grades will be calculated as follows:

50% – Average of 3 midterm exams (lowest replaced by final exam, if better)

20% – Average of homework quizzes (lowest two grades dropped)

30% – Final Exam

Your letter grade will be determined according to the department grading scale:

Quiz and exam grades will be posted on Blackboard so you can keep track of your progress throughout the semester.

The Department of Mathematics offers free tutoring for Calculus I students in Zurn 213. No appointments are necessary, just drop by any time between 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. You can ask tutors any questions you may have, including questions on assigned homework and exam review sheets. Please visit http://math.mercyhurst.edu/~griff/courses/Tutoring/ for more information.

In order to sign up for Piazza, please use the following link:

**Tutoring**The Department of Mathematics offers free tutoring for Calculus I students in Zurn 213. No appointments are necessary, just drop by any time between 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. You can ask tutors any questions you may have, including questions on assigned homework and exam review sheets. Please visit http://math.mercyhurst.edu/~griff/courses/Tutoring/ for more information.

**Piazza**In order to sign up for Piazza, please use the following link:

You can think of the Piazza page as a discussion forum - the Piazza page will allow you to ask questions about homework and interact with me and your fellow classmates. You can even answer questions posted by your peers. Be sure to sign up and check it regularly as the semester progresses. If you have any difficulties joining our Piazza page, please let me know.

This course supports the mission of Mercyhurst University by creating students who are intellectually creative. Students will foster this creativity by: applying critical thinking and qualitative reasoning techniques to new disciplines; developing, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific ideas; and learning and applying a problem solving process.

In keeping with college policy, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations must call the Learning Differences Program secretary at 824-3017 to arrange a confidential appointment with the director of the Learning Differences Program during the first week of classes.

**Other Information**- The only required material for the course is the textbook. Graphing calculators and mathematical software can be used to check your work, but should not be relied on to do the work for you.
- I guarantee that I will return emails within 24 hours. However, it is generally better to ask complicated questions during class, in office hours, or on Piazza. If you have a question about the homework, it is very likely your classmates have the same question, so you're doing the class a favor by asking!
- I do not keep detailed lecture notes. It is highly recommended that you establish contacts among your classmates to get notes in case you miss class.
- Attendance is not required, but coming to class regularly will generally improve your grade. You are responsible for any material covered in your absence (I will not teach it to you separately during office hours). Please contact me if you are absent for an extended period of time.

- Calling my office phone is rarely the best way to get in touch with me. Email is the fastest way to contact me outside of office hours.

**Support of the Mercy Mission**This course supports the mission of Mercyhurst University by creating students who are intellectually creative. Students will foster this creativity by: applying critical thinking and qualitative reasoning techniques to new disciplines; developing, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific ideas; and learning and applying a problem solving process.

**Learning Differences**In keeping with college policy, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations must call the Learning Differences Program secretary at 824-3017 to arrange a confidential appointment with the director of the Learning Differences Program during the first week of classes.

**Mercyhurst University – CORE Curriculum**

**Category V - Scientific, Quantitative, and Critical Reasoning**

MATH 170 – Fall 2015

Stephanie Blanda, Assistant Professor, sblanda@mercyhurst.edu

This course has been approved for the Mercyhurst University Core and fulfills a requirement in Core Area V. The following explicates the Core Learning Outcomes that are associated with this course and how they will be assessed as part of the Core requirements.

The table below highlights the Student Learning Outcomes associated with every course in

Stephanie Blanda, Assistant Professor, sblanda@mercyhurst.edu

This course has been approved for the Mercyhurst University Core and fulfills a requirement in Core Area V. The following explicates the Core Learning Outcomes that are associated with this course and how they will be assessed as part of the Core requirements.

__Core Learning Outcomes and Assessment Strategies__The table below highlights the Student Learning Outcomes associated with every course in

*Core Area V - Scientific, Quantitative, and Critical Reasoning.* All Core Student Learning Outcomes are assessed on a rotating basis of at least once every three years. All assessment documents and information including the scoring rubrics can be found on the Mercyhurst portal and website. Please direct questions to the course professor or to the Core Assessment Coordinator – coreassessment@mercyhurst.edu.

__Course Learning Goals and Objectives__ The following course objectives detail how the specific content of this course will support the above Core Outcomes.

- Understand the concept of a limit from intuitive, graphical, and computational perspectives

- Compute derivatives of functions using the definition of the derivative and then using the techniques and properties derived from the definition

- Know how to apply the derivative in problems involving optimization, curve sketching, and approximations

- Possess the capability to read a theorem in a calculus text, check the hypotheses in a particular situation, and draw appropriate conclusions